Thank you! I'm currently wearing Ariat Terrains hiking boot style so maybe it would just be best to get some half chaps for now.As a beginner rider, I would lean toward paddock boots with half chaps. This combination is suitable for showing at lower levels. The half chaps can be shortened if needed. I am 5 foot tall and have Ovation (leather) brand half chaps. I didn't need to shorten them, but did need the elastic loop that goes under the sole adjusted tighter.